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Interested in what we do? The Vanguard team would love to hear from you. Vanguard is headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but we have additional locations across the state, and employees in our Industrial Fire Protection Division service clients across the nation.

FIRE ALARM CAD DESIGNER

KITCHEN SUPPRESSION INSTALLER/SERVICE TECHNICIAN

ELECTRONIC/ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION FIELD TECHNICIAN

FIRE SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS SALES REPRESENTATIVE

FIRE & SECURITY SYSTEMS SALES REPRESENTATIVE

FIRE SPRINKLER INSTALLER/ SERVICE TECHNICIAN

INDUSTRIAL FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM INSTALLER

INDUSTRIAL FIRE PROTECTION SERVICE TECHNICIAN

Fire Alarm CAD Designer

Responsible for the creation of design drawings and submittals (system drawings, bill of material, calculations, technical manuals, “as-built”, etc.) for fire alarm systems and track for design approval.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
  • Ability to understand Code and customer needs, making day-to-day decisions and provide feedback / take action on changes in Code and customer requirements.
  • Basic understanding of mechanical systems and their interface to fire alarm systems. Identify, define and develop solutions to issues that are not immediately evident in existing processes and systems.
  • Work as a team player to technically support our sales team, technicians, CAD drafters, and project managers through the delivery cycle.
  • Demonstrate an ability in drafting/CAD, computer skills estimating/pricing, and project management.
  • Knowledge of multiple electronic building systems.
  • Prefer NICET III
BENEFITS

Competitive wage and compensation package including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Company Match 401K
  • Paid Vacation.

Valid driver’s license, background checks, and drug testing required.

Kitchen Suppression Installer/
Service Technician

A route sales and service position responsible for sale, inspection, service, and installation of restaurant kitchen fire suppression systems (Restaurant Hood Systems), and General Products including Fire Extinguishers and Exit Light systems.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Restaurant Hood & Fire Suppression Systems Inspection, Service, Installation & Sales
  • Shut off Electric / Gas power to Restaurant appliances
  • Check Hood Fire Suppression System nozzle position, type, & flow points
  • Remove Cylinders, carrying suppression cylinders up and down ladders for installation, inspection, & service
  • Check/test for proper suppression system operation via pull station or testing links
  • Check inside cylinder tanks for corrosion
  • Check and replace fusible links within suppression system
  • Check piping/conduit runs and correct problems when needed
  • Clean Hood Fire Suppression System nozzles and the supply line pipe
  • Check cartridge for proper weight
  • Apply updated inspection tags
  • Perform installation of new restaurant hood fire suppression systems per NFPA guidelines
  • Install new Fire Suppression System components as needed
  • Document Deficiencies and recommendations made to customer
  • Follow all current NFPA guidelines along with federal and state regulations
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Customer oriented interpersonal skills
  • Must possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be able to speak and understand the English language
  • Must have the ability to present in front of customers that displays confidence, charisma and professionalism
  • Must have strong organizational skills
  • Ability to sell and promote products of Vanguard Fire & Security effectively
  • Must be able to exercise effective time management skills (prioritize, work on a time line)
  • Must be able to understand and interpret codes and standards
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

Required:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Well versed in the safe use of general hand tools and power tools
  • Be able & willing to attain State Fire Extinguisher License if required
  • Active Driver License, in good standing required
  • Meet safe driving policy criteria to be an active company vehicle driver

Preferred:

  • Prior Restaurant Fire Systems and Portables/GP experience
  • Prior sales experience, with emphasis on route sales & route development, is highly preferred
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds
  • Must be able to push and pull greater than 100 pounds as needed
  • Must be able to safely climb a ladder and reach a height of at least 12 ft.
  • Constant (5-8hrs/shift) standing, walking, handling items, and eye/hand/foot coordination
  • Frequently (2-5hrs/shift) lifting, carrying, repetitive motions, noise exposure, grasping items
  • Occasionally (up to 2hrs/shift) sitting, pushing, pulling, climbing, stooping, balancing, reaching, crouching, exposure to weather
Electronic/Electrical Installation
Field Technician
RESPONSIBILITIES

Includes installation of:

  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Security Cameras
  • Door Access
  • Nurse Call
  • Other Low Voltage Systems
Fire Suppression Systems Sales
Representative
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Highly motivated and success driven
  • Ability to quickly identify and qualify opportunities
  • High degree of self-discipline
  • Experience working with end users, ability to read blueprints desirable
  • Computer experience
  • Good oral and written communication skills and sales techniques
  • Ability to persuade and close sales
  • Self-motivated with good organizational skills
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record
  • Obtain appropriate licenses required by national, state and local codes
  • Must be able to pass a background check, MVR check and drug screening
EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor degree in marketing, business, or engineering preferred, or equivalent work experience
  • Minimum of 3-5 years successful sales experience in Suppression / Special Hazards or similar industry
  • maintain and grow sales within a defined customer base and geographical territory, identify customer needs, and develop sales strategies to meet objectives.
  • Establish contact with prospects and qualify potential buyers by scheduling sales calls, following up on leads, and utilizing marketing strategies.
  • Develop a sales strategy to gain customer understanding of company product offerings, qualify and prioritize opportunities, and maintain appropriate territory records.
  • Conduct seminars, demonstrations, etc. in order to generate, develop, and qualify leads for prospective customers.
  • Develop financial justifications, prepare proposals, make presentations, and perform necessary follow-up for successful closing of the sale.
  • Interface effectively with district operations to deliver and improve service delivery.
  • Report progress and supply metrics to operation and corporate teams on a weekly and monthly basis.
  • Participate in trade shows, special product demonstrations and other events with the objective of increasing sales and enhancing the company’s image.
Fire & Security System Sales
Representative

A Security Systems Sales Representative to sell complete engineered fire alarm systems, deficiency sales, fire alarm expansions and upgrades for existing and prospective customers.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Identify and work closely with Facility Directors, Engineers, Maintenance Staff, Risk Managers, Safety Officials, the A & E community, AHJ’s and others who require our services.
Fire Sprinkler Installer/Service
Technician

Install, service and inspect fire sprinkler systems.

BENEFITS

Competitive wage and compensation package including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Company Match 401K
  • Paid Vacation.

Valid driver’s license, background checks, and drug testing required.

Industrial Fire Protection System
Installer

Perform installation, testing, maintenance and repair of industrial fire equipment including portable and fixed fire extinguisher systems and components, fire detection and alarm system components, fixed gas detection systems components and foam, dry chemical, gaseous fire suppression systems and water-based fire suppression systems.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Install pipe for firefighting foam, dry chemical, clean agent and water-based fire suppression systems
  • Run conduit and pull wire for low-voltage appliances
  • Complete all documentation associated with installation, testing, maintenance and repair in a timely and accurate manner
  • Obtain signature(s) from customer for documentation and proper invoicing
  • Conduct detailed visual inspections and functionality tests of various systems and equipment
  • Report deficiencies and corrective recommendations to customer
  • Assist others in facility including stocking shelves with clean, tested and ready to use equipment and pulling, staging and loading customer orders onto trucks for delivery
  • Maintain work area and other areas in a clean and orderly condition
  • Perform basic maintenance and care of assigned vehicle and/or trailer
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Follow Vanguard Policies and Procedures
  • Complete all duties as assigned by management in a timely manner
  • Must be well versed in the safe use of general hand tools and power tools
  • Active Driver License, in good standing required
  • Must meet safe driving policy criteria to be an active company vehicle driver
  • Ability to travel to work sites for short and long-term out of town projects
  • Experience in reading and interpreting blueprints, submittals, and operational/product manuals
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Able to work in unusual and sometimes difficult positions such as climbing ladders, scaffolding and high lift equipment up to 40 feet, working within ducts, crawl spaces, above ceilings, etc.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends to meet customer requirements
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service
  • Work well with team members and willingness to follow instructions
  • Adhere to, implement, and follow safety guidelines and procedures
  • Strong organizational skills, positive attitude, and an ability to learn quickly
  • Able to pass a pre-employment background and drug test
  • Able to obtain and retain any licenses that are required by National, State and Local codes
  • Achieve NICET Level II certification within 12 months
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds repeatedly
  • Must be able to push and pull greater than 100 pounds as needed
  • Must be able to safely climb a ladder and reach a height of at least 12 ft.
  • Constant (5-8hrs/shift) standing, walking, handling items, and eye/hand/foot coordination
  • Frequently (2-5hrs/shift) lifting, carrying, repetitive motions, noise exposure, grasping items
  • Occasionally (up to 2hrs/shift) sitting, pushing, pulling, climbing, stooping, balancing, reaching, crouching, exposure to weather
BENEFITS

Competitive wage and compensation package including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Company Match 401K
  • Paid Vacation.

Valid driver’s license, background checks, and drug testing required.

Industrial Fire Protection Service
Technician

perform inspections, testing, maintenance and repair of fire equipment which may include customer portable and fixed fire extinguisher systems and components, fire detection and alarm system components, fixed gas detection systems components and foam, dry chemical, gaseous fire suppression systems and water-based fire suppression systems.

RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Complete all documentation associated with inspection and repair in a timely and accurate manner and obtains signature from customer so that proper invoicing and documentation can be provided to customer. This includes all inspection and repair documents, job cost billable expenses and time sheets
  • Conduct detailed visual inspections and functionality tests of various systems and equipment
  • Report deficiencies and corrective recommendations to customer
  • Assist others in facility including stocking shelves with clean, tested and ready to use equipment and pulling, staging and loading customer orders onto trucks for delivery
  • Maintain work area and other areas in a clean and orderly condition
  • Perform basic maintenance and care of assigned vehicle and/or trailer
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Travel to work sites for short and long-term out of town projects.
  • Experience in reading and interpreting blueprints, submittals, and operational/product manuals
  • Experience with hand tools and multi-meter usage
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions
  • Capable of performing physical labor to include carrying and moving equipment and tools up to 50-70 lbs
  • Able to work in unusual and sometimes difficult positions such as climbing ladders, scaffolding and high lift equipment up to 40 feet, working within ducts, crawl spaces, above ceilings, etc.
  • Work flexible hours including weekends to meet customer requirements
  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service
  • Work well with team members and willingness to follow instructions
  • Adhere to, implement, and follow safety guidelines and procedures
  • Strong organizational skills, positive attitude, and an ability to learn quickly
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and driving record that meet company requirements
  • Able to pass a pre-employment background and drug test
  • Able to obtain and retain any licenses that are required by National, State and Local codes
  • Achieve NICET Level II certification within 12 months
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 75 pounds repeatedly
  • Must be able to push and pull greater than 100 pounds as needed
  • Must be able to safely climb a ladder and reach a height of at least 12 ft.
  • Constant (5-8hrs/shift) standing, walking, handling items, and eye/hand/foot coordination
  • Frequently (2-5hrs/shift) lifting, carrying, repetitive motions, noise exposure, grasping items
  • Occasionally (up to 2hrs/shift) sitting, pushing, pulling, climbing, stooping, balancing, reaching, crouching, exposure to weather
BENEFITS

Competitive wage and compensation package including:

  • Health Insurance
  • Company Match 401K
  • Paid Vacation.

Valid driver’s license, background checks, and drug testing required.

Founded in 1957, Vanguard Fire & Security systems is a leading provider of solutions and services for fire protection, life safety, and security systems. We are dedicated to implementing solutions that protect your people, your property, and your products.

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